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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    What do you believe a complete long-distance system looks like?
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    I encourage everyone to read the CUS Master Plan from 2012. Granted, it's eight years old. But there are a lot of ideas there that I'm sure Gardner has seen and may have even played a role in to make Chicago the "Gateway City"...
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    100%. Anderson was a great CEO and from what I understand, truly loved the job. It was something entirely new for him and he apparently loved being in the field on the NEC with Regionals flying by two tracks over while the crews sought shelter in the M/W equipment. I never realized that there...
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    Like many, I am conflicted. Stephen Gardner is akin to the Anti-Christ to some members of this board and is more of a figure of change to others. I can respect both positions, as everyone has had differing experiences and it is sometimes difficult to understand what another has experienced...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    It (likely) will not happen. When choosing a supplier, your best option is the one with the proven product. I don’t believe Stadler has mass-produced a US heavy-rail order as of yet (if this is incorrect someone tell me) and not everyone can do it (see Nippon Sharyo). Siemens had a proven...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Cone of Silence is a supply chain thing. The procurement folks are doing their thing, and they are sequestered from speaking to anyone outside their department about the procurement process and who the selectee is. It’s a normal thing.
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    Election results and Amtrak

    There were a few Ohio projects in the RPA presentation a couple months ago, including trains to Cincy and Cleveland (via TOL).
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    Election results and Amtrak

    Agreed. Assuming Biden is the 46th POTUS, (they're just projections right now), it would be a very, very good thing for Amtrak for the next four to eight years. It might finally be the break they've been waiting for to start expanding into new areas (MSY, DEN, PDX, MSP) and improving service...
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    How does Amtrak Arrow system work?

    When Delta and Northwest merged, Worldspan was merged into the DLTerm system and was left online. I can still access everything that Worldspan could do back when NWA was still around but I mainly just use it for weather. These systems have been around for ages and still work (mostly) well. I...
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    New DOT Secretary?

    I think it’s a little early to be asking about who Biden may or may not appoint. No one has been declared the winner yet.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    As jis said, they won't be going anywhere outside of the Chicago Corridor Network. Wouldn't be too difficult to program a fleet management system (I'm sure Amtrak has one) that would classify certain cars as "qualified" or "not qualified" (to put it simply) for a certain service based on the...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    I think a good idea of how badly Amtrak wants to switch to trainsets outside of the NEC is displayed by the history of the trainset with Amtrak. Wasn’t exactly a lasting solution. I’m sure technology has advanced since the Turboliners and I commend Amtrak for checking things out again but I’m...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    It doesn’t help that UK trains all have to be custom-built due to the restrictive loading gauge. The technical issues that need to be overcome to effectively shrink the units are likely complex.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    It’s absolutely possible that Hitachi will use the Breda subsidiary to help produce the cars. All I’m saying is that it doesn’t say Hitachi Rail Italy (the new name for Breda), just Hitachi Rail. From what I’ve read the two entities are separate but that could’ve easily been changed.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    They’re buying the 8000 series cars from Hitachi Rail, not the Breda subsidiary from what I understand. At least that’s what it says on the Wiki page.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    I was just seeing the same stuff in my research. WMATA called the Breda cars the most unreliable units in their fleet. Hardly a glowing report.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Hitachi (to my knowledge, and according to their website) has never made rolling stock for the US. The chances that they will do so are not great. Kawasaki has made heavy rail rolling stock for a variety of commuter lines in the US, but nothing like what Amtrak is looking for. Take it from...
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    RPA: Developing New Amtrak Corridors Presentation

    I think Chicago-MSP has been in the works for a long time. It’s a viable higher-speed corridor that if done right could be a great addition to the Chicago Hub Network.
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    Time to Change the Paradigm?

    It isn't always cut-and-dry like that. There are a number of trains that only dis/embark passengers depending on the location and direction in order to better serve the community. The City of New Orleans for example, picks up passengers at Homewood, IL, going south and only discharges going...
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    The Biden Campaign Train is back in the news

    I volunteer for a small railroad track gang as well so I can somewhat answer this. “Spiking a switch” means just that. You drive a spike into the gauge so the points can’t be moved. We use it when we place a spur track out of service. Low tech security measure really
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